I’ve always been fascinated by the world’s most renowned fighters throughout history. From the mythical Greek heroes to accounts of modern soldiers excelling under fire. One of the groups that has always appealed to me are the Nepalese Gurkhas or Gorkhas.
We live in a society amongst hundreds of thousands or even millions of other people. Behavioural laws have developed in order to ensure that our society runs smoothly. Without these laws, social interaction would become increasingly dangerous. The breakdown of these social laws is explored in many apocalyptic movies and series. A popular modern phenomenon is the zombie apocalypse genre which explores how the breakdown of social laws makes life increasingly dangerous for the survivors who have to contend violently with other humans jostling for dwindling resources.
This will have to be the first in a non-contiguous sequence of articles describing my reasons for training martial arts since one article does not provide enough scope to cover the ground. I was inspired to write this article after reading an online report discussing some of the latest military technology being developed by Russia which gave me cause to recall my reasons for training martial arts.
I have often wondered what the perfect martial artist would be like or if there even was such a thing. As you can tell from my opening sentence, I have long ago made peace with the fact that if there was such a thing as a perfect martial artist, I would certainly not be that person. Over the many years when I was a student attending normal classes, I noticed many people join who were far more physically talented than I was.
I’ve wanted to share my thoughts on the raging and often very personal arguments that erupt from time-to-time between martial arts adherents on web forums and in the comments sections of videos and photos. The comments and claims that I’ve seen in these arguments often boil down to the title of this post.
Before I launch into this brief article, I may need to explain a bit about what a form is to ensure that my readers are all on the same page, so to speak. A form is a sequence of movements generally practised in a traditional martial art to refine and develop fighting technique and response. The word ‘Kata’ is probably more familiar to Western audiences because of the overwhelming popularity of Japanese systems of martial arts. A form is basically a ‘Kata’.
Toowoomba would most likely not feature on anyone’s list of places outside of the East that might be considered as having a strong enough cultural connection to China to sustain the practice of traditional Chinese Martial Arts. And yet Toowoomba is where we have located the Chinese Martial Arts and Health Centre Australia’s permanent training facility. ...
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